Issue: Volume: 23 Issue: 12 (December 2000)

News - 12/00

The mean scores represent the combined, weighted results of the tests, measured in the number of frames per second the machines were able to execute. The larger the number, the better the score. To see other test results, visit

Barco Display Systems (Duluth, GA) is changing its name to BarcoView, and consolidating its six product groups-avionics, medical, color imaging, rugged, industrial, and chromatics-into three-avionics, medical, and command and control systems. The name change, which the company is implementing for easier use over the Internet, will take effect as of January 1, 2001.... Haptics developer Immersion Corp. (San Jose, CA) has now completed the acquisition of Virtual Technologies (Palo Alto, CA) for approximately $1 million in cash and approximately 343,000 shares of Immersion common stock..... Visual display semiconductor and software vendor Pixelworks (Tualatin, OR) has announced that it will partner with integrated circuit manufacturer Analog Devices Inc. (ADI; Norwood, MA) to produce a chip that will deliver optimized flat-panel display performance.... Eshed Robotec (Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel) announced that its wholly owned US subsidiary, Eshed Robotec, has signed an agreement to buy Light Machines Corp. (Manchester, NH), a manufacturer of computerized numerical control and milling machines and CAD/CAM software.... Silicon Grail (Hollywood, CA) will be partnering with SGI (Mountain View, CA) to create Linux support for Rayz, Silicon Grail's high-end compositing system, running on SGI's Linux-capable desktop machines....3D Web engine vendor Kazoo3D (Walnut Creek, CA) will be partnering with (San Francisco) to create technologies that allow end users to create 3D-enhanced images online for subsequent framing and shipping.... Former graphics chip and graphics board manufacturer S3 (Santa Clara, CA) has changed its name to SonicBlue. The name change is meant to reflect the company's increased emphasis on home networking and Internet access products....Web technology developer Viewpoint Corp. is partnering with Caligari Corp. (Mountain View, CA), a vendor of 3D authoring tools, to provide 3D Web content creation and viewing capability from within Caligari's trueSpace 5 program.

News is written and compiled by Jenny Donelan.